It’s double delight at Royal Lytham

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The best women golfers in the county gathered at Royal Lytham and St Annes for the Lancashire Women’s Championship.

And it was won for the second year in a row by Catherine Roberts (Pleasington).

Pictured at their inaugural night at Blackpool North Shore Golf are new lady captain Elizabeth Coverdale and captain Alan Simmons

Pictured at their inaugural night at Blackpool North Shore Golf are new lady captain Elizabeth Coverdale and captain Alan Simmons

In the matchplay final, she defeated Elizabeth Stebbings (Wilpshire) 2 and 1.

The golfers had to endure vastly contrasting conditions over the four days of competition, sunshine and mild temperatures, followed by cold and wind over one of the toughest courses in the world.

Beth Garton (Royal Lytham) made a bold show on her home course, reaching the semi-finals before succumbing 3 and 2 to the eventual winner Roberts.

Earlier in the last 16, Garton beat Roanne Tomlinson (Haydock Park) 3 and 2.

Then in the last eight, Garton, herself a former county champion, defeated Sarah Cousins (Silverdale) 3 and 2.

Gemma Batty (St Annes Old Links) made it to the last 16, beating Hollie Vizard (Pleasington) 6 and 4.

She lost to Roberts in the quarter-final.

Earlier in the month, Gemma, who studies at Myerscough College, won the ICT Individual Championships at Longcliffe Golf Club.

The Challenge Plate winner was Elaine Clark (Manchester) who beat Gill Nutter (Formby Ladies’) by 3/2.

In the semi-finals Gill beat Amelia Taylor (St Annes Old Links).

Elaine defeated Kim Bates (Houghwood) in the other last four clash.

Meantime, Fleetwood golfer Jenna Birch continues to enjoy notable success at her college in the United States.

Jenna, who attends Armstrong Atlantic State University, was joint-winner of the Peach Belt Conference player of the year award.

She finished in the top 10 of all 11 events in which she competed, in the process notching five top-five places.

Jenna, also attached to Royal Lytham, is currently back home, but she decided not to take part in the county championship as she decided to take a break and re-charge her batteries.

n Joe Brice became the second first time winner of a 
Cleveland Srixon Northern Order of Merit event when he won the Penwortham Rose Bowl.

The Manchester Golf Club one handicapper opened with a steady level par 69 before he clipped three shots off the mark as he rolled in five birdies in the second round for a three-under par total.

Denton’s Gareth Bradley finished second, a shot back, after signing for 67 and 69 as Mark Young - winner of the Rose Bowl for the past two years - settled for third with cards of 66 and 71.

Meantime Young has leapfrogged his Lancashire team-mate John Carroll into pole position in the Cleveland Srixon Northern Order of Merit which he is defending and pursuing for a record-equaling fifth occasion.

The 31-year-old Longridge ace picked up 75 points for finishing third in the Penwortham Rose Bowl and is 20 clear of his Huyton & Prescot rival.

Both players look in great shape for the Big Six at Manchester Hopwood next Wednesday (June 5) in the Northern Group qualifier for the English County Finals with Lancashire favourites to clear the hurdle for the fifth time in six years. And they will be strong contenders for the Lancashire County Championship at Hillside from June 7 to 8.